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The Lord Nelson

38 Riverside Rd




NR13 3TE

01493 701548

Real Ale, Good Food, & Live  Music in Reedham on the Norfolk Broads

Reedham Riverside Beer Festival

About the Reedham Riverside Beer Festival 19th to 29th August 2011

Reedham Riverside Beer Festival from the 19th to the 29th of August. We will have a selection of real ales, local ciders and live entertainment for the week and the August Bank Holiday.

After a year as the landlord and landlady of the Lord Nelson, Bill and Ros decided to have their first “Reedham Riverside Beer Festival”. They opted for a four day event over the August Bank Holiday weekend, running from midday till midnight. There was a mix of beers from around the area including locally brewed “Humpty Dumpty”, “Green Jack” and “Wolf” mixed in with beers from further afield, some old favourites and some new. Of the twenty-four beers on at any one time eighteen were served from the barrel and the remaining from hand pumps on the bar. Amongst the well received were the Humpty Dumpty’s Reedcutter which sold a barrel in 40mins and the stronger Baltic Trader at 10.5% abv from the Green Jack Brewery which lasted the weekend. Bill had sourced a list of over fifty beers and ciders, forty of which were finished over the weekend.

This all coincided on the Sunday with the first “Reedham Duck Race” in support of the village school and the last tour date of “The Water Rats” jazz band on the Monday lunch time. This was by no means the only entertainment over the weekend, performances by local musicians such as the “Chuffinches”, “Jon Collorick”, “Sylvanne” and “The Bug Hunters” added a great party atmosphere to the weekend. Still every time there was a break in the entertainment local musicians “Danny and Carl” would start playing acoustic sets that turned into some great jam sessions as other musicians joined in. There were many local performers who popped over to support the event and some ended up playing short sets. Singer/songwriter Vicky Grady a regular performer at the “Reedham Beer Festival” at the “Railway Tavern” did a short impromptu solo session as did the young but equally talented Rachael Leech who was lent a guitar and jumped in.

Ros worked away in the kitchen providing great meals for the customers in addition to the hot snacks served by the Lucky Charm Breakfast Bar. This service was available from early in the morning through till late at night. The revellers who stayed the night aboard boats on the free moorings outside the pub or at the Ferry Inn camp site were very happy to see that breakfast and large mugs of tea and coffee were available from the breakfast bar on the riverside each morning. What a great view that is for any one, looking out over the marshes and past the railway swing bridge outside the Ship Inn which was also the starting point of the Duck Race.